Thank you to all who took part in the 2019 Festival, with over 83,000 attendances it was our biggest yet!
Join us again 12-17 May 2020 for our 20th Festival, when we bring the world to Auckland to celebrate books, conversation and ideas.
The 2020 programme will be announced 11 March.
BOOKINGS NOW OPEN FOR THE 2020 SCHOOLS PROGRAMMEThe Auckland Writers Festival, with the generous support of the Freemasons Foundation, is delighted to deliver its 12th Schools Programme designed to inspire young writers and readers. Read more ›
New Zealand’s Premier Book Awards’ Longlist Packs a PunchThe 40 books longlisted for the 2020 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards announced today are a wide-ranging and inspiring collection reflecting the diversity of contemporary Aotearoa and the excellence of our writers, artists and publishers. Read more ›
Announcing the Coalition for BooksA dynamic collaborative organisation has formed to make a tangible difference to the literary landscape of Aotearoa. During its initial year, the Coalition will be a collaborative venture beneath the umbrella of the Auckland Writers Festival. Other significant founding organisations include the Booksellers Association, the Society of Authors, the Publishers Association, Tautai Pacific Arts Trust, the New Zealand Book Awards Trust, the Michael King Writers Centre and the Academy of New Zealand Literature. Read more ›